Equine GutFlush colic remedy is much faster and less expensive than conventional colic treatments when administered by your veterinarian. By re-hydrating and softening the bowels, the gas will be relieved and your horse will be able to relax and get things moving again.
As Equine GutFlush is ingested this is the process that occurs:
1 – Softens & Quickly reduces an impaction
2 – Hydrates dehydrated bowels
3 – Replaces Ionic Solutions necessary to Restore Motility
4 – Relieves the pressure on distended bowels
EGF is very gentle and much less invasive than conventional treatments, by re-hydrating and softening the bowels the impaction can be easily moved through the colon and rectum. (it won't make them go, just makes it easier and less painful) This decreases the chances of toxicity from being impacted for long periods of time and infecting the bloodstream. (replaces the need for mineral oil and IV fluids)
Motility and normal gut sounds are restored which means the digestive system is moving and not building up more gas causing spasms and discomfort. (replaces the need for sedatives and Banamine)
In order to maintain a healthy digestive system for your horse, it’s important to understand how it works.
The first step in a horse’s digestion is biting and chewing. This is also the most important! Horses are more able to digest their food when it has been ground into small pieces. This not only aides in nutrient absorption, well chewed food is less likely to get stuck in places it shouldn't, which causes impaction colic in the intestines and colon. Chewing also produces saliva, further breaking down food and buffers the acids in the stomach to promote a healthy digestive system.
Stomach acids further liquefy food. The stomach’s main job is the pre-digestion of proteins and fats and the further breakdown of feed before it hits the small intestine, where nutrient absorption really begins. Acids activate the enzymes that break down the proteins in feed. Stomach acids kill many of the microorganisms in feed which reduces the potential for infections. The stomach makes up only 10% of the horses digestive tract, and food remains there for 30-45 minutes on average.
The small intestine of a horse is about 60-70 feet long, and is where most of the breakdown and absorption of feed occurs. The partially digested food from the stomach passes into the small intestine, where enzymes act on it to produce materials that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. The majority of what horses eat is absorbed into the bloodstream from the small intestines, including proteins, simple carbohydrates, fats, and essential vitamins. Food spends little time in the small intestine, passing through within 1-3 hours after the horse ingests it. Meal size, feed type, and exercise influence this transit time. Processed feeds tend to move more quickly through the small intestine, in part because horses tend to eat them very quickly, which reduces the amount of starch that is available to be digested in the small intestine. The biggest problem when we feed a large amount of processed feed is there is simply too much starch going through the intestines too quickly to be digested properly, resulting in undigested starch reaching the hindgut. This can create problems throughout the horse’s digestive system.
The hindgut is composed of the cecum, colon, and rectum. The cecum and colon together can hold up to 32 gallons of fibrous material that slowly ferments over 2-3 days. Microbial fermentation in the hindgut by billions of microorganisms (bacteria and protozoa) breaks down fiber, the structural component of the plants horses eat. Fermentation is essential in the hindgut for the absorption of volatile fatty acids into the bloodstream and provides an important source of energy for the horse. Horses on complete forage diet get up to 70% of their energy from these volatile fatty acids.
An overload of starch reaching the cecum and colon will cause a digestive imbalance in the hindgut. Starch-digesting bacteria produce lactic acid and that increases the acidity of the hindgut, known as acidosis. This increase in acidity kills the beneficial, fiber-digesting bacteria. Toxins released during this process can result in colic. Hindgut acidosis is also thought to contribute to colonic ulcers. Upsetting the hindgut can lead to performance issues such as irritability, girthiness, and general discomfort in horses.
Think of Equine Gutflush as a "probiotic" for horses. It will aid in putting the digestive system back on track which is essential for a healthy horse.